The nationwide strike which was declared by the Nigerian Medical Association has crippled health services in many public hospitals in Nigerian cities.
Patients in most public hospital wards have been suddenly discharged because of the absence of the striking doctors. The failure of negotiations following the issuance of a twenty four points demands to the Nigerian government by the doctors necessitated the nationwide strike. One of the major demands, according to the doctors is the need for government to reverse the decision to put the doctors as equals in terms of promotions and positions with other medical workers that are not doctors. The Nigerian government says agreements to resolve the grievances of the doctors were signed with their union officials so the strike is totally unnecessary and regrettable. Nurses at the National Hospital Abuja have continued to provide care to a few emergency cases. Consulting rooms have remained virtually empty in many federal medical centers, University Teaching Hospitals and states hospitals as a result of the strike declared by the Nigerian Medical Association. Even doctors in private hospitals have joined the strike. Nigeria is the seventh oil producer in the world, but it continues to face challenges of poverty, poor health care delivery, and insecurity.